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I painted the above portrait of a Welsh Mountain Pony from a photo reference by Gary Jones from the Paint My Photo site.

I used liquid frisket to create the mane and the whiskers. I created the remainder of the portrait with a limited palette of harvest gold, prussian blue, burnt sienna, sepia and permanent rose. The twist of the neck, the shapes around her muzzle and the mane were challenges I wanted to try to capture with this portrait.




  1. Lovely!

  2. This is incredible, Leslie!! I love the mane and hair!! It contrasts so starkly against my very favorite redish golden hues. Amazing!!!

    • Thank you, Beth. I like these colors, too, and don’t miss the opportunity to use them when I can.

  3. Very sweet. I love the turquoise earring.

    On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM, Leslie White

    • I love it that you called it an earring!!!! Do you know I debated taking that out ? I don’t like the idea of tagging animals even though it is sometimes helpful to species in the wild that run the risk of becoming extinct so we can track their whereabouts and well being. I have no idea why this pony would be tagged other than she is on a large breeding farm or something where they can’t keep track of them by name due to numbers? Oh, I like you calling it an earring better. Thank you for that!!

  4. Love the partly covered mane, that is making him a cool dude!

    • My Granddaughter’s pony has a mane like this, Padmaja. In fact, she looks a lot like this one. Sometimes all that hair is so annoying while trying to bridle her. 🙂 Thank you for the comment and the visit!

  5. Fantastic painting Leslie!

  6. This is just beautiful, Leslie. I’m always so drawn to horses. I want to do a piece from a photo I took. Just haven’t gotten to it yet.

    • Thank you, Sherry. I’m partial; horses and dogs and dogs and horses. 🙂

  7. You certainly met your challenges! I can see the velvety softness of this equine’s muzzle.

  8. Gorgeous!

  9. Love the pony picture. I’ve been fortunate to be riding my teacher’s Lusitano the last few months and he is so much fun. Ponies are much too smart for me.

    • Lusitanos are beautiful. Are you riding dressage? My Granddaughter is learning to ride on her Haflinger mare and loving every minute of it. They happened on a good pony mare that wants attention and has some age. They are a great pair…. Ponies are smart, though. Thank you for the comment, Ruth.

      • Yes. I have been fortunate to be able to ride horses that piaffe, passage, and can do flying changes. They are usually much better than I am at it and I am just along for the ride. My teacher put piaffe on my quarter horse mare – quite an accomplishment.

      • Your horse must have been very supple. Reining horses are, so why not? Right?

  10. Beautiful, and I’m going to share it on Facebook. 🙂

  11. Beautiful, Leslie. The hair looks like a breeze is still playing with it.

    • Oh my goodness, this pony was all hair. Thank you, Hannekekoop.

  12. Ohhh fantastic painting, Leslie!

  13. A pony! I love the rich brown tones and those whiskers! Lovely bend of the neck. And you’ve reminded me I need to get back to doing some frisket things. 🙂

    • Thank you, Cindy. I like working in these colors. I like painting animals and many of them seem to have this color in their coat. 🙂

  14. It’s as if the pony is about to touch noses with us! Lovely portrait, Leslie. 🙂

    • I wouldn’t mind, but I’m an old horse lover, anyway. Thank you. Eva. 🙂

  15. A beautiful painting Leslie, now I have to go and look up the difference between a horse and a pony. This pony looks like a hippie with its mane flowing in the breeze. I laughed at someone’s comment about the pony’s earring. Only cause I thought it was an earring too!

    • You are right! She looks like a “hippie”. A pony is less than 14 1/2 hands tall at the withers which is that small raised area at the base of their neck above the shoulders. A hand is 4 inches long. In the old days, they measured a horse hand over hand, sideways. So it really is the width of your hand that is supposed to measure 4 inches. There are large ponies and small ponies just as there are large horses and small horses. Sort of like people. 🙂 Thank you about the earring. I like that idea much better than atag. And thank you for the comment!

  16. What a personality this pony has !! 🙂 and you’ve captured is so well ! Definitively very alive !! Well done !

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    • Posted November 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm
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    Oh my goodness, this is beautiful. All of your artwork is, but this one really touches my heart. I was lucky enough to have a Welsh pony when I was a youngster, and you captured her essence wonderfully here. You are an incredible artist and I am so thankful for you to share your gift here 🙂 Cheers, Gina

    • Hi Gina,
      I just ran over to your blog and commented and then went to your quote page and read some and scrolled down. You have one of my favorite quotes under “Horses” 🙂 “God forbid that I should go to any heaven where there are no horses.” by RB Cunningham-Graham
      We had a little gray Welsh mare and my Granddaughter now has a Haflinger. Ponies and horses are very special in this family.
      Thank you for your comment and introducing yourself, here.
      Oh! Just because I know you love horses, here’s a big smile for you!

    • Thank you for that.

  17. Very, very sweet. Big smiles here. 😀

    • I know you love cats and I remember you posting photos of a visit to the zoo…. Thank you. Jamie.

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